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    Did anyone catch 60 minutes tonight? They had a story about a woman who had 7 boys and was using PGD to screen for girls. She had one little girl and is now 8 weeks pregnant with another.

    I would never choose the sex of my baby but after 7 boys that's a fair call. She travelled to the US for it. Guessing they must have a fair bit of money to go to that much trouble (also to have that many kids!!).

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    Still waiting for it to come on. I actually did my first three IVF cycles in Thailand, we have three boys and had to use IVF anyway, it was connected to Genea in Sydney, so we thought why not, but getting pregnant was harder than we thought and have done the last 2 cycles in Aus now (waiting on biopsy).

    As you can tell I am for Gender Selection, I know Australia as a whole isn't but it really is put accross in a bad light in Aus, getting pregnant with IVF is hard enough but then to have that one embryo that is the actual sex you need is even harder. A lot of people go on about embryos that are discarded, and I have to tell you most people I know who have done it for GS, donate their embryos (which get donated to another country (I don't have any Thailand embryos either, I only ever got 1 suitable embryo for transfer out of 3 cycles and it was a chemical)

    Although my 2nd and 3rd boys both have been diagnosed and treated for a genetic condition that is way more common in boys, there is a lot of juggling that needs to be done to get approved. We have had to see a specialist in Melbourne and are now waiting for testing (will be in May), hoping the results come back conclusive either way, but there is a chance we won't get results as the treatment they are on can put their condition in remission and may skew results.

    Just saying that the rules here are so strict, there should be some leeway. I know the gender abortion happens in the 1000's a year and this is far worse to me than someone going and paying to have the sex they desire. I could not think of anything worse than someone waiting until 20 weeks and aborting.

    Instead all the money that is going to other countries, to research that could make our own IVF programs more successful, goes elsewhere

    A Gender Selection cycle costs about $11,000 in case your interested.

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    3 weeks! OMG I can't even fathom it at this point.

    It has been exactly 4 days and I am alreay going mad. I have cleaned the house top to toe and have a 5 page to do list.

    I think cause I have done PGD before in Thailand and only every resulted in 1 normal embryo in 3 cycles (out of 23 eggs and they test on day 3- and since that was a chemical, I was told it was more than likely abnormal also) I am just very wary that all will be abnormal, I just don't think I can do this anymore but I am so stubborn lol

    Just hoping and praying the DHEA did it's best and that the quality of our labs here are better and I get one or two normals.

    And yes GS is very controversial, I get that, just to me it seems stupid that by stopping it, they are only making people go overseas or in a lot of cases having late term abortions. I would be a lot happier about the GS ban if late term uneccessary abortions were also banned. I think that this is my big sticking point, rather than the GS issue.

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    I agree with April, I think it's fair enough if you are trying to eliminate a genetic condition. But as someone who is struggling to have any children I think a baby is a blessing - the sex should not matter - you get what you get. I can't even imagine why someone in Australia would abort a baby at 20 weeks because they were the "wrong" sex - tragic. Some people don't know how lucky they are.

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    Oh April I so hope you get your news before Easter. This waiting game sucks!

    haha Scarlet I go into cleaning mode too when I'm waiting for news. I'm also a list writer and love ticking off each item as it's done.

    AFM - I'm actually deciding whether to go ahead with the testing. Everyone is pretty certain it will show zero normal embies and I don't know if I can put myself through a cycle just to prove what is suspected. I could use the testing money for a donor cycle - It's a tough decision.

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    Summer Shine, I know what you mean about the testing, that is where I am at now, I know that if full cgh is all abnormal my chances of having another baby are pretty darn slim, boy OR girl!

    With the GS issue, I suppose it touches me a little harder as I do have 2 boys with a serious condition, but to get approved they need blood basically before approving anything. It's why we tried Thailand first, from Perth it just seemed easier. But I do wish I had just done it with my Aus clinic all along and approached them about GS, but then I didn't know how bad a response I did end up getting there.

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    Scarlet I totally understand where you are coming from - you should be supported in your home country. I feel the same with donation - it's easier to go overseas.
    I have everything crossed that it works out for you.

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    Hi all,

    I have been reading along while quietly going mad The days seem to be passing so slowly, I just want to hurry up with this cycle.Oh well only 2 more sleeps and I have cleared my diary for a week after the transfer, I have never done that before and I have quite a physical job (physio). So will look forward to putting my feet up.

    April - I hope you get your results soon, how frustrating. The do you go straight onto FET?

    Scarlet - Wow 23 abnormal eggs I have everything crossed for you. Were your boys naturally conceived?

    Summershine - Good Luck with making your decision about testing, such a tough one and so much money potentially saved / wasted. Sorry I can't remember your history - why do they think there won't be any normal ones?

    Wise - How are you going? Yep, I caught the 60mins program too. Not sure of my stance on the GS stuff but I know gender disappointment is such a huge emotional burden.

    Lindylou - How are you coping? I hope you are back on track ready to go again soon. You have a perfect embie waiting

    Lindy, Tigger, Summer - Let's hope I get lucky this time and then all you May girls follow

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    April: Absolutely fantastic news! Bet your are enjoying your holiday now Can't wait to follow with your FET.

    Scruffy: How did it go? Are you still taking it easy? Keep us updated. With your question about my other pregnancies, all were natural, the first two were very easy, then we had a big wait because son 2 was unwell and then number 3 took almost a year, the FS thinks that although I got pregnant easily, it was cause I was younger and had the problems with ds3 because of my age and decreasing natural fertility.

    WELL, I have news too, I think that April and I must have been in the same testing batch, cause I heard today also. We have four normals! Yes FOUR, I am beside myself. This waiting for hatching blast, although annoying, made far better embryos. We have 2 XX's and 2 XY. So stoked, really hoping we never have to go through IVF again!

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    April and Scarlet - Yay, yay, yay!! Bring on your AF's

    Well everything went well for my transfer, literally in and out in 5mins. Had already planned to be at my parents beach house over Easter and when my husband went back to work yesterday I decided to stay on! Will head home tomorrow and very pleased it will then only be one week til BT

    I feel fine, no real feeling one way or the other and have learnt you really can't tell anyway, so no point stressing over possible signs and symptoms. Also not going to POAS so let's hope the next week doesn't drag.....


 

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